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Teaching Genesis… The Goodness Of Creation

February 7, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Teaching Genesis… The Goodness Of Creation

By ARTHUR HIPPLER (Editor’s Note: Arthur Hippler is chairman of the religion department and teaches religion in the Upper School at Providence Academy, Plymouth, Minn. See the November 23, 2017 and January 4, 2018 issues of The Wanderer for more by Dr. Hippler on this topic.) + + + Try this sometime — when you are with a group of teenagers in a Catholic school or CCD, ask them what God created that He declared “very good.” Unless they are unusually well formed, they will tell you “man.” Since man is the crowning work of creation, “made to the image and likeness of God,” it logically follows for them that man is “very good.” The text of course contradicts this…Continue Reading

Ash Wednesday… The Greatest Fool Who Ever Lived

February 6, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Ash Wednesday… The Greatest Fool Who Ever Lived

By JEFF MINICK When she learned that Valentine’s Day falls on Ash Wednesday this year, my ten-year-old granddaughter moaned, “Nooooooo.” Her dreams of cake and candy hearts had just gone up in smoke. When I learned that Easter falls on April Fools’ Day this year, I thought, How appropriate. The Feast of Love, February 14, and The Feast of Fools, April 1, strike me as the perfect bookends for the Lenten season and its Easter Finale. After all, the Nazarene whose sacrifice, death, and Resurrection stamp their imprimatur on this season was the greatest of lovers. Caritas lies at the heart of His teaching. He commanded us to obey the two Great Commandments: to love God and to love our…Continue Reading

Should Old Aquinas Be Forgot?

February 5, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Should Old Aquinas Be Forgot?

By DONALD DeMARCO Some years ago I had the honor of meeting Fr. Enrico Cantore. It was around the time that his erudite work in atomic physics was being released by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In preparation for his book, Dr. Cantore had spent a considerable amount of time with the great physicist Werner Heisenberg. During our conversation, Fr. Cantore described Heisenberg as a man who was not content to remain within the boundaries of science. He studied virtually every significant thinker in the Western world in his ardent search for a key that would further clarify the unicity of truth and the harmony between faith and science. Cantore once asked Heisenberg, this voracious student of the history of…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Reporting And Right Opinion

February 4, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Reporting And Right Opinion

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Rescher, Nicholas. Espionage, Statecraft and the Theory of Reporting: A Philosophical Theory on Intelligence Management. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017. Pp. vii+179. Given the bias and irresponsibility of major print, audio, and visual media, this is a timely treatise on standards with respect to reporting, especially on matters of state. Nicholas Rescher modestly calls it: “A general introduction to the theory of reporting.” His focus is primarily on reports relevant to matters of state, that is, those involving diplomacy and warfare. Rescher comes to his topic with ample personal experience and academic credentials. A former Marine assigned to an intelligence unit, and a longtime professor of the philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh, with…Continue Reading

But The Appointment Raises Questions… Pope’s Investigator Into Chilean Abuse Claims Has Strong Track Record

February 3, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on But The Appointment Raises Questions… Pope’s Investigator Into Chilean Abuse Claims Has Strong Track Record

By STEVE SKOJEC (Editor’s Note: Steve Skojec is the founding publisher of OnePeterFive.com, where this report first appeared January 30. It is reprinted here with the kind permission of OnePeterFive. All rights reserved. See the Skojec article online for links to sources.) + + + In what appears to be an attempt to rectify the biggest misstep of his pontificate, Pope Francis has appointed an investigator with a strong track record to look into sexual abuse allegations that have dogged Bishop Juan Barros, the Pope’s controversial pick to lead the Diocese of Osorno, Chile. Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta has been selected to go to Chile to investigate new information brought forward by alleged victims of abuse. Some of the…Continue Reading

Our Lady In The Sacred Liturgy

February 2, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Our Lady In The Sacred Liturgy

By JAMES MONTI As many of our readers are undoubtedly aware, the liturgical feast that we celebrate on February 2 has gone by a variety of names over the ages, beginning with its Greek title in the sixth century, Hypapante (“Meeting,” i.e., the Christ Child meeting Simeon) to the popular name “Candlemas,” and in the modern Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite, “the Presentation of the Lord.” But the title for this feast that has had by far the longest history of usage, from the seventh century onward, is the name by which it is identified in the Extraordinary Form (“Usus antiquior”) of the Roman Rite, “the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary.” Of course the titles “Presentation” and “Purification”…Continue Reading

Intelligent Design And Atheism: Some Remarks

February 1, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Intelligent Design And Atheism: Some Remarks

By GEORGE A. KENDALL For years now, I have taken an interest in issues concerning the origin of living things, notably the controversy between Darwinists and proponents of Intelligent Design theory (A/K/A ID). What follows is a series of loosely connected reflections on these matters, a sort of potpourri, but one in which all the items relate to the same subject matter. + + + Darwinists like to maintain that their theory does not in and of itself necessarily deny the existence of God, but merely stays neutral on the question. But is this really true? If there is a God, and He is the Creator and designer of the physical universe, then neutrality is impossible. You accept Him or…Continue Reading

Urban II And The Benedict Option

January 31, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Urban II And The Benedict Option

By JUDE DOUGHERTY The fall issue of Modern Age bears the title of “Christianity and Politics From the Reformation to the Benedict Option.” The term “Benedict option” entered the vocabulary of academic discourse when Alasdair MacIntyre in 1981 ended his book, After Virtue, with the judgment, [Given the moral condition of Europe], “we are not waiting for Godot but for – doubtless — a very different St. Benedict.” No one questions the fundamental contribution of the Benedictines to the preservation of classical learning nor questions the order’s contribution to the civilization characteristic of the West. The distinguished Renaissance scholar, Paul Oskar Kristeller, in an essay, “The Contribution of Religious Orders to Renaissance Thought and Learning,” expressed it this way: “If…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Delineating China’s Desire For World Dominance

January 30, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . Delineating China’s Desire For World Dominance

By REY FLORES Bully of Asia: Why China’s Dream Is the New Threat to World Order by Steven W. Mosher; Washington, D.C., 2017; hardcover; available at amazon.com, $18.89. Also available on Kindle. When I was offered the opportunity to review Bully of Asia, I felt somewhat intimidated by its heavy subject matter. The story of China is incredible, deeply profound and frightening, which is especially clear after reading this book. Bully of Asia is author Steven Mosher’s latest offering that blows the lid off the growing threat that China has become, and how Americans are literally rolling out the red carpet, pun intended, for today’s great red menace. China’s desire for world dominance is no secret, never has been, never…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Msgr. Knox: A Fearless Thinker And Writer

January 29, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . Msgr. Knox: A Fearless Thinker And Writer

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN The Wine of Certitude: A Literary Biography of Ronald Knox, by David Rooney (Ignatius Press: San Francisco, 2009), 427 pp. Available through www.amazon.com as a paperback or on Kindle. A comprehensive account of the life, works, and apologetics of one of the great Catholic controversialists of the first half of the twentieth century, this book provides a thorough introduction to the thought of a prominent convert to the Catholic faith, a prolific writer, and an eloquent defender of the faith in a period of history permeated with agnosticism and skepticism. Ordained an Anglican priest like his father, Bishop Edmund Knox, Ronald embraced the Catholic Church much to the disappointment and chagrin of the father — a situation…Continue Reading